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Petition to Randall L. Stephenson, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Tell the Boy Scouts to End Discrimination Against Young Women

I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me. I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts. Of the current Congress, 191 members were involved in Scouting, 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them are Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all -- high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community. Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in the Boy Scouts and earn the Eagle Rank. In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. International Scouting appreciates that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but the Scouts exclude us from joining Scout Troops, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the most advanced, and most challenging leadership program they have. Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth. Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.... Under the leadership of former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, the Boy Scouts recently ended anti-gay policies, allowing all boys and LGBT adults full membership in Scouting.  The Boy Scouts should now end discriminatory policies based on gender, welcoming all children to participate in Scouting, including young women and girls.   I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys -- all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the Boy Scouts to allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank. Please sign our petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. We can be reached at  Thank you for your support. Photo credit: Yasmeen Khan at WNYC. 

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
7,941 supporters
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Petition to Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani

Girls Who Code going WORLDWIDE

It is completely clear that the gender gap, in this case, in technology is incredibly huge. Being the XXI century I strongly feel that is time to change that. There are organizations that help with this, one of them being Girls Who Code, founded by Reshma Saujani. The disappointing and sad fact is that this organization is currently only working in the US, the thing is that the gender gap in tech is a worldwide issue. I really believe that if the Girls Who Code clubs and Summer Immersion Programs went worldwide it would really be not one, but several steps towards a better, more balanced future. Imagine the impact of being able to participate in a Girls Who Code club/summer immersion program would have on a girl and/or a young woman, imagine how empowering it would be for them to be able to attend and learn from modern, leading technological companies such as Google, Facebook, Electronic Arts, to mention some. With multiple testimonies from Girls Who Code alumni, I believe that the opportunities are given to them by Girls Who Code have pushed and helped them striving to get tech jobs and really get into science and technology. My words can't really express how important I think it is to close the gender gap and how I believe that Girls Who Code going worldwide, going outside the walls of the US, reaching all the girls in the world that are just waiting and hoping for an opportunity to be able to go out there and change the world, this can help empowering girls and young women by putting great opportunities out there for them to grasp and grow.

Mariel Sofía Gutiérrez
234 supporters